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Residents urged to have their say in Worcester Park revamp 15.02.10

A £400,000 redevelopment of the area around Worcester Park Station and Green Lane has been proposed - and residents are being urged to help draw up the plans

Worcester Park

In a joint initiative between Sutton and Kingston Councils, residents are being asked what improvements they would like to see in the area. Their views will help create a plan that may include more pedestrian crossings, improved lighting and more street trees.

The public will also have their say on more extensive changes such as controlling the speed and number of cars that are allowed down certain roads. The streets being considered for improvement are Green Lane, Longfellow Road, Lincoln Road and Central Road.

The project is being funded by Transport for London under a scheme called Streets for People. It aims to improve the quality of local areas and make them a place where people feel comfortable walking, cycling and shopping.

At the core of the scheme is the idea that residents should have their say about what form the redevelopment takes.  A consultation on the plans is being launched on Monday 15 February and runs until Friday 12 March. Work is set to commence early next year.

Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment on Sutton Council, said: "This is a great opportunity for Worcester Park residents to have a real influence in improving their local area.

"It's really important that residents tell us what they want to see and I urge those living nearby to take part in the consultation."

Cllr William Brierly, Cabinet member for Planning and Traffic management on Merton Council said: "Although the consultation will not affect roads directly in our borough, any resulting improvements will impact on Merton. We support Sutton and Kingston in this initiative which should result in a more pedestrian- and cycle-friendly environment. 

"We would welcome an improved pedestrian and cycle route joining Green Lane with Lower Morden Lane and Garth Road which would create better access across the borough borders. I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved and make their voice heard."

The consultation will be supported by a public exhibition and workshop at Green Lane Primary School on Wednesday 24 March, Thursday 25 March and Saturday 27 March, where residents will be able to make suggestions and work with the designers on the proposed improvements. Details of the consultation are available here, http://www.sutton.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1203.

Last updated: Monday, 12 April 2010

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